2016 Florida Panhandle Diamondback Terrapin Survey Report

Project Objective:

  • Record sightings of terrapin, or terrapin sign to determine if terrapins still exist in the Florida Panhandle.
  • Identify nesting beaches for future population studies.
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    Project Methods:

  • Train citizen scientist on how to identify terrapins or terrapin sign
  • Assign volunteers to geographic regions to conduct their surveys
  • Keep records of all …

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    2016 Great Scallop Survey

    Situation

    Bay scallop (Argopecten irradians) were once common along the entire Gulf coast of Florida and portions of the Atlantic coast along southeast Florida.  A combination of habitat loss, poor water quality, and over harvesting reduced their populations to where the commercial harvest had to be banned and recreational harvest restricted to a specific season …

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    The Invasion of the Lionfish – 2016 update

    The first report of a lionfish in the northern Gulf of Mexico was in 2010. It was a small individual that struck more curiosity than anything else.  By the end of the following week another was seen and now, here off the coast of Pensacola, are some of the highest densities found anywhere in the …

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    Water Quality Update – August 12, 2016

    There has been a lot of rain this week but the state and county agencies who monitor did not sample very many stations.

    No advisories were posted

    No fish kills reported

    No red tide reported in the panhandle – background levels were detected in three counties in southwest Florida.

    FDEP only sampled Bayou Texar, ECHD …

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    Peak Season For Local Seafood – August

    Each month Sea Grant provides a list of local seafood species that are currently in peak season.  Some species are regulated differently in different states so even though it may be listed as being in peak season – the reader should check with local state agencies to determine if there are any current regulations that …

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    Water Wars… can we avoid it?

    On a recent camping trip out west I was made aware of just how valuable water is. The American west has been battling water issues for a few years now.  Some camp showers had buttons that would provide you water for a couple of minutes, others charged $.50 for four minutes, some charged $1.00 for four …

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    What Cause the Toxic Algal Bloom in South Florida and Could It Happen Here?

    Most of us have heard about the toxic algal blooms plaguing south Florida waters. If not, check out http://www.cnbc.com/2016/07/05/.  This bloom has caused several major fish kills, bad odors, and has kept tourist away from the area.  What happen? Could it happen in the panhandle?

    First we have to understand what happened there. The source …

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    It’s that time of year… 4th of July, Blue Angels, and SHARK WEEK

    Yep, each year cable TV broadcast their classic summer series SHARK WEEK. Actually there are several shark series running now.  It all began with Jaws in the early ‘70’s and ever since Americans have been enthralled with programs on these animals.

    We have learned a lot about sharks over the years, and have a better …

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    Water Quality Update – July 1, 2016

    FDEP did not post sample data this week

    ECHD sampled Bayou Texar and Sanders Beach at the mouth of Bayou Chico this week – all clear!

     

    RED TIDE

    Background levels of Karenia brevis were not detected anywhere in the state of Florida this week woo-hoo!

     

    FISH KILLS for Escambia and Santa …

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    Water Quality Update – June 24, 2016

    FDEP and ECHD both sampled this week – all clear!

     

    RED TIDE

    Background levels of Karenia brevis were not detected anywhere in the state of Florida this week woo-hoo!

     

    FISH KILLS for Escambia and Santa Rosa counties

    No fish kills reported this week.

     

    HEALTH ADVISORIES

    No advisories this …

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